Driving Main Street Success

We stand firm in our conviction that Main Street is rightfully the heart of the American economic system. While corporate America garners a lot of attention, 99% of all businesses are in fact, small businesses. Small businesses drive a large part of the economy, but we have never been great at banding together to build on our shared experience.

The Spark Business Institute (SBI) works to do just that. We help business owners understand and improve their own businesses. We also think a lot about the larger landscape of “Main Street” America. We envision a community-based economic model that works to create stronger, more vibrant Main Streets, delivering what is needed to compete with global corporate interests. Together we will drive Main Street business to the forefront of the American economy.

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Personnel Issues

3 Characteristics of High-Performing People

As a small business owner, you are likely attracted to working with high-performing employees. Not only are they consistent, highly capable multi-taskers and confident team ...
Founder’s Cap

Effective Communication Skills: Seeing The Business from your Employee’s POV

You’ve probably seen the television show Undercover Boss where the CEO or owner takes on an entry level position in his or her company—and gets ...
Marketing & Positioning

Tune Your Marketing & Positioning To Your Business Goals

Does a doctor who owns her own practice run a business? If she opens an office and treats patients, then no, she simply owns her ...
Marketing & Positioning

The Top 5 Ways The Internet is Affecting Your Business

Understanding how the Internet is shaping your business is essential to business growth and making use of this powerful tool. Here are five ways the ...
Founder’s Cap

Do You Have a Dangerous Case of The Plateau or Just Normal Small Business Growth Pains?

From time to time, the growth of your business will slow or even seem to stall. It’s vital for you to understand whether this is ...
Jack of All Trades

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring

In 2003, sisters Jenny and Jane DeLaney launched a business that created customized meal plans and shopping lists for subscribers. The concept caught on, and ...
The Spark Business Institute

Join Patrick Lee and Laura Richards as they talk with owners about how we can re-invent Main Street so our small businesses are more successful and rewarding.

Join the SBI Innovators for their next adventure – as they help entrepreneurs find the right complement to their own talent and experience to grow their business.

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